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Weight: 15-30 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The Ori Pei is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Ori Pei is a hybrid breed of a Chinese Shar-Pei and a Pug. Since the Ori Pei is a hybrid breed, it is important to consider health conditions from both sides of the gene pool, as your puppy can inherit any or all of them.
Some of the most common major health concerns seen in the Ori Pei include nerve degeneration, epilepsy, patellar luxation, Shar-Pei fever, bloat, hypothyroidism, and dysplasia of the hip or elbow.
Nerve degeneration is a disease that occurs in Ori Peis, but it is found more commonly in senior dogs. The disease affects the spinal cord in particular and can cause paralysis and loss of function in the lower limbs.
Epilepsy is another condition that can occur and is best known as seizures. The occurrence and intensity of the seizures can vary from dog to dog. It is not uncommon for dogs to need medication and your vet will walk you through everything you need to know.
Patellar luxation can occur in the Ori Pei and is best described as a knee dislocation. The condition can happen in either or both of the legs and is painful for your pup. It is correctable and is more commonly seen in female dogs.
Shar-Pei fever is a condition that occurs in Shar-Peis and can happen in your Ori Pei, as he or she may be predisposed to it. The condition causes a recurring fever and swelling of the limbs. While the exact cause of the disease is not known, it is said to be an inherited disease.
Bloat is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not caught in time. This condition occurs when too much gas enters the stomach. The stomach expands and places too much pressure on the rest of the organs.
Hypothyroidism is a condition that can occur in your Ori Pei and often causes either obesity or prevents your dog from being able to gain weight. The condition can also cause skin problems and may lead to hair loss.
Hip and elbow dysplasia is another common condition and is marked by the deformation of either the hip joint or elbow joint. If the joint is not deformed, the condition can still occur if the joint does not properly fit into the socket. Hip dysplasia can cause weakness in the lower limbs of your dog while elbow dysplasia causes weakness in the front limbs.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Ori Pei is considered to be a friendly, intelligent, and loyal dog who is eager to please his or her owner on a daily basis. This breed can be stubborn, but that does not take away from his or her sense of humor and funny antics.
This breed will work hard to get your attention and craves to be pet by his or her companion. The Ori Pei is a wonderful family dog and is good with children. In fact, your new puppy and children will keep each other busy during the day.
This ball of energy is not lazy and will keep you on your toes, especially when outdoors. While this breed is active outside, he or she does calm down indoors and knows when to get rowdy and when not to. You can expect your Ori Pei to cuddle with you in bed, on the couch, or wherever.
The Ori Pei can be left at home for a short period, but should not be left alone all day long or for long periods as he or she can become destructive and suffer from separation anxiety.
The Ori Pei learns quickly and is full of curiosity, so do not be surprised if you find your pup sniffing the yard or exploring places that may look spooky for a dog.
Since this breed is intelligent, learning a new trick or command is easy and will not take too long. As mentioned above, this breed can be stubborn at times and he or she may not want to perform on command. It is important to remain calm and consistent when training an Ori Pei.
The Ori Pei is one of few breeds considered to be hypoallergenic, so this breed is ideal for those who have allergies. The coat of your Ori Pei will need to be brushed two to three times per week to ensure no tangles or mats occur.
With your Ori Pei, it is important that you clean his or her wrinkles out thoroughly otherwise skin infections can crop up. You should work hard to keep the wrinkles dry as well and not allow any sweat or water to become trapped in them.
Bathing does not have to be done on a regular basis and is only needed when your puppy is dirty or has gotten into something that stinks.
The best type of food to feed your Ori Pei is a high-quality, chemical and by-product free food. You should look for a dog food brand that contains whole ingredients such as vegetables, gravies, corn, meats, and rice.
Your Ori Pei needs one and a half to two cups of food per day, divided evenly into two meals.
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An Ori Pei puppy can cost anywhere from $700 up to $3,000. The cost of the dog in no way guarantees his or her health, so make sure you choose the breeder wisely and look over the puppy before purchase.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. An Ori Pei is a wonderful family dog and will show you lots of attention followed by cuddles wherever you will have them. This breed is easy to train, but can be stubborn and requires a fair bit of attention when it comes to grooming in part because of its wrinkles. This breed ranks a 3.5.
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